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Impact Workshop (18): Delivering Impact, with impact

Date & Time:

May 22, 2017 (Mon) | 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.


Mrs Chen Yang Foo Oi Telemedicine Centre, 2/F William MW Mong Block, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine


Dr Sarah Perkins
Director, GW4 Alliance

This workshop is jointly organised by the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and the Knowledge Exchange Office.


As Programme Director, Research at Imperial College London's Faculty of Medicine, Dr Sarah Perkins had administrative responsibility for delivering the Faculty's REF 2014 submission. This included the development of over 40 Impact Case Studies. As Panel Advisor for the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Sarah also supported the development of the assessment criteria for REF 2014, including guidance on the impact element. This workshop will draw on her experiences. Discussions will focus on defining and evidencing impact, developing case studies, and the lessons learnt from REF 2014 process.

About the Speaker:

Dr Sarah Perkins is GW4 Director, with responsibility for leading and managing the GW4 Alliance, and developing and delivering its overall strategy.

Prior to taking the role of GW4 Director, Sarah managed a world class research portfolio at Imperial College London’s Faculty of Medicine, one of the largest medical faculties in Europe. Appointed in 2009, her role involved developing and delivering research strategy, and leading initiatives such as Research Excellence Framework submission, and working closely with several NHS Trusts through the Imperial Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) to foster collaboration and implement research strategy at a senior level, exemplified by delivering and renewing one of the largest NIHR Biomedical Research Centres. Her achievements were recognised in 2013 when she was shortlisted in the Women of the Future Awards, and she is also a Fellow of Westminster Abbey Institute.

Background on the Workshops:

Impact is a key element of the University's knowledge exchange (KE) strategy. It is also important to note that in the Panel-Specific Assessment Criteria for the UGC RAE 2014, all the Panels included under the "Esteem" measure some elements relating to KE/technology transfer. This suggests that the next Hong Kong RAE will likely require evidence of impact and the UK experience indicates that now is the time to start collecting evidence of such impacts.

The Knowledge Exchange Office is organising workshops to be conducted by researchers who have hands-on experience in preparing impact statements and impact case studies the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 or research councils overseas. The workshops will be of interest not only to colleagues who want to maximise the impact of their research, but also to those who coordinate research developments and research assessment in Faculties.

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